Joanna Riddell

Joanna Riddell is the brains behind Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens. After inheriting Cheeseburn Grange from her husband’s late uncle, the couple spent the best part of 20 years restoring the grounds

LUXE PEOPLE >>

The small, but perfectly formed, Cheeseburn team, my amazing and supportive family, oh, and my physio, Karen Deadon from Newcastle Sports Clinic, who keeps me going and fixes me up after installing sculptures and landscaping the gardens!

Luxe places >>

For a weekend > My house on the Essex Coast.

A long holiday > East Africa.

A treat > A surprise!

Luxe relax >>

Best food > Fresh fish

Best wine > Sauternes, wonderful French dessert wine

Favourite restaurant > Barrasford Arms in the North Tyne Valley. Fantastic fish fresh from the North Sea! And The Wolseley in London is an incredible experience.

Perfect weekend > Being by the sea

Downtime means > Not having to make any decisions!

Best telly > Last Tango in Halifax and I always make sure I watch Portrait Artist of the Year.

Best book > Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy… my fondness for the book means I’m apprehensive about the movie release!

Best sounds > Horses galloping, morning bird song – and my collection of rock music.

Luxe shop >>

Best shopping city > London.

Favourite shop > Patrick Mavros, hailing from Zimbabwe, Patrick with support from his family, creates beautiful pieces of jewellery inspired by their African surroundings. I’ll always make time to explore their store if I’m ever in London.

Luxe retail treat > A quick ‘dash’ around Harvey Nicks

Best buy > Some suede boots that I bought in Cheltenham many years ago, still going strong.

Luxe party >>

A memorable night out > 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair – we visited for our daughter’s 21st birthday. It was an incredible evening, the venue itself has wild and unique interiors, endlessly inventive cocktails and a real party atmosphere. We were the last to leave! But, you only turn 21 once.

Perfect party > Our 25th Wedding Anniversary Dance at Cheeseburn. We had a huge party in a marquee in the grounds of Cheeseburn, we also splashed out and included a Kata (a tepee of sorts), there was a roaring fire in the centre and an awesome band, 29 Fingers, played throughout the evening. It was magical, a true celebration of our marriage.

Best dress > Roberto Cavalli – bought especially for our 25th Wedding Anniversary Dance.

Dinner date > My most memorable dinner date was with some close friend in the Chyulu Hills in Kenya, as we listened to a leopard drinking from the bird bath less than 20 feet from where we sat. Breathtaking.

Your luxe thing in life >>

Being a member of The Advisory Board for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

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